4 IAAM foes to become teammates
Standouts will band up at Under Armour All-America game — and then at Maryland
The Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland has consistently provided a stream of quality talent for the Maryland women’s lacrosse team.
Further evidence will be found at the 17th Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Girls Senior Game, set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Field.
Notre Dame Prep teammates Mae Marshall and Olivia Rockstroh, McDonogh’s Kori Edmondson and Glenelg Country’s Maggie Weisman have been selected to play for the South team, providing a glimpse of the promising things to come in College Park.
The North team, which will feature two more Maryland commits in Emma Muchnick (New York’s Suffern Senior High) and Jaylen Rosga (Minnesota’s Two Rivers/Gentry Academy), leads the all-time series, 10-5, including an 18-8 win over the South last year. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.
“It’s definitely going to be a big preview for what’s to come from our class, which I think is a great group,” said Edmondson, a Baltimore Sun All-Metro first-team midfielder for the Eagles. “We’re all really good friends, all really close and I think we’ll all jell really well on the field. So it’s going to be really neat to see all of us together. It’s an honor and shows how strong our class really truly is.”
McDonogh coach Taylor Cummings, who starred for the Eagles before becoming a threetime Tewaaraton Award winner during her illustrious playing career at Maryland, has had a firsthand look at the incoming talent at her alumni.
She’s impressed and knows the future is bright for the Terps, who will be looking to build on their 19-2 record and NCAA semifinal showing this past spring.
“The four of them are really, really talented players that did extremely well in the IAAM throughout their high school years, and I think they each bring something different to the table,” Cummings said. “Mae and Olivia play very defensive roles and excelled at NDP. Maggie is just a really flashy offensive player with a great stick, really lethal in the draw control circle as well. And Kori hits both areas offensively and defensively. So I think they each bring something different and that’s going to make them work really well as a unit and hopefully make them a very successful class for Maryland.”
In addition to their years at NDP, Marshall and Rockstroh played together in club ball alongside Edmondson. Weisman, an All-Metro first-team attacker who had 56 goals, nine assists and 72 draw controls last season at Glenelg Country, has always savored the tough challenges playing against the three.
She’s looking forward to being on their side.
“It’s just super cool to get to play on the same team and now we get to take it a step further and play
together at Maryland,” she said.
“We’d see each other on the field and it was like we could actually talk to each other instead of being hardcore knowing we’re going to be playing together for the next four years.”
The foursome believes they are well prepared for the next level, thanks in large part to playing in the fiercely competitive IAAM. Seven other IAAM standouts also were selected to the 22-player South roster, led by All-Metro Player of the Year Madison Beale from league champion St. Paul’s.
“I know my freshman year I was so nervous because of how quick the play was and how different it was from middle school,” Rockstroh said. “It’s definitely like a head start for the next four years, which was really great for me and I’m sure everybody else who’s playing in college. It’s something I really enjoyed.”
When the phone calls came informing the players they had been selected to play in the big summer showcase, the reactions were about the same from each of the future Terps.
Weisman said she was eating breakfast when the news arrived and, so excited, she dropped her fork. Edmondson recalls sitting in the stands and idolizing the exceptional players she closely watched play in the big national game. Now, it’s her turn to be looked up to.
Simple fact, there is no better way to close out a high school lacrosse career.
“It’s something I think a lot of high school lacrosse players kind of dream about,” Marshall said. “But with the senior game always being played here — my family and I always went to them because I knew players who have had the honor of playing in the game — I thinkbeingfromBaltimore,itkind of makes it a little more special.”